The beauty of Liguria is shown in its unique territory and in the presence of both mountains and sea, with more than a half of the area covered of forests, a predominance of high and rocky coasts in the east and hills and sand beaches in the west.
With the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, nine regional parks, three natural reserves, two protected marine areas and the Santuario per i mammiferi marini, this region has an interesting natural landscape. With the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri you can travel on a route longer than 400 km on the Ligurian Apennines.
The Western Liguria has three natural reserves: The Bergeggi island which hosts a colony of herring gulls, TheGallinara island, which is rich in flora with many rare species, as the Gallinara rose and cornflower, Rio Torsero, with its land full of fossils and ancient mollusks.
A part of the Western Liguria is the Savona district, in particular Noli village, which offers an interesting historical and cultural heritage. Starting with its roman origins, it became an important maritime centre in the early centuries of the Middle Ages, gaining the title of the Republic of Noli. Today, this small maritime republic offers many places to visit as the Concattedrale of San Pietro dating back to the XIII century, also called Chiesa di San Pietro dei Pescatori, a sign od how important fishing was in the history of this village. The Monte Ursino Castle, built in the XII century and enlarged in the XVI century, is an imposing fortress that has the ruins of the two towers. In Noli, enjoy your stay in a elegant Charming B&B.
Always in Western Liguria we can move to Imperia district to visit Borgomaro, a small hinterland village in the Maro valley, dominated by the mountains and characterized by the olive and chestnut cultivations. This small village, has still some its medieval characteristics, as the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate built in the XV century and modified in the XVIII century in Baroque style. In the old town centre you can see the disposition of the houses in chessboard style because the first construction of the village was made in defensive way.
Albergo Diffuso is a new concept of Italian hospitality that we propose you both in Apricale and Borgomaro.
Also in Imperia there’s Apricale village, that is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. The symbol of this medieval village is the Castello della Lucertola, built on rock in the X century with defensive purpose, this building still dominates the entire village and hosts many shows, workshops, events and cultural festivals. In the castle there’s also the Museo della Storia di Apricale, with some archeological finds and ancient documents. Next to the castle there’s the Chiesa della Purificazione di Maria Vergine, built in the XII century with the bell tower made of the castle tower, the church was restored many times during the centuries and today has a baroque style and a romanesque facade
Besides, in other regions, Charminly offers you the possibility to stay in beautiful Charming Hotels, Charming Agritourism and Country House.